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October 26, 2017

This is a delicious and lovely fall cake that features pears.  Upside-down cakes are wonderful, because they are very easy to make and at the same time look like they were made by a master chef.  One of the ingredients that sets this cake apart is the addition of cardamom.  If you have never used cardamom in a recipe before, I encourage you to give this recipe a chance as the cardamom in it is subtle but really enhances the flavor of the cake.  If you love pears and the taste of fall spices, give this yummy pear upside-down cake a try!

Bon Appetit

Preparation time is 30 minutes.  Total time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 Bartlett pears; peeled, cored, and sliced into medium-sized segments

  • 2 cups flour

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • 1/2 cup (1 stic...

October 24, 2017

Here is another fun Halloween recipe, adapted from an article in Good Housekeeping magazine, the October 2017 edition.  I made a slight change to the original recipe by adding fresh thyme, to enhance the pie's savory taste.  These roasted chicken pot pies are very tasty and easy to prepare too!  I think that the frozen puff pastry makes it especially simple.  The pumpkin and triangle cookie cutters also add an easy way to decorate for a fun Halloween meal.  Of course, you can skip the cookie cutters if you want to do this recipe on a regular day.  You just need to used a 3 1/2 inch biscuit cutter instead.  Either way, these pot pies are delicious!

Bon Appetit!

Preparation time is 30 minutes.  Total time is 1 hour.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 pound sweet potatoes (about 2), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • Kosher salt and pepper

  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flo...

October 19, 2017

Aren't these caramel apple cats adorable?  I'm smitten!  These Halloween-inspired caramel apples are a delight to the eyes and to those with a sweet tooth!  I'm not a confidant food decorator, but I found these caramel apples easy to make - even the youngest can help decorate these spooky kitty-cats.  All you need is a few special ingredients.  Just for reference, I got this recipe from the autumn 2017 issue of Celebrate! with Woman's World.  Happy Halloween everyone!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You may need to warm up the caramel in-between dipping the apples.

A toothpick may help with the decorating of the cat ears.

Have an extra chocolate candy bar on hand - you may need it because of breakage.

Total Time is 45 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • 6 wooden craft sticks

  • 4 to 5 apples at room temperature, stems removed

  • 3 packages (4.51 ounces each) Werther's Cocoa Crème soft caramels

  • 1 milk chocolate candy bar

  • 1 1/3 cup cho...

October 17, 2017

This beef stew is a perfect meal for a chilly autumn day.  I don't know where I first got this recipe, but I have had it a long time.  I love slow cooker recipes, because when you don't have the time in the evening to prepare a meal, the slow cooker provides!  Meaning that you can throw a bunch of ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning and then in the evening, you have a delicious home-cooked meal.  This French onion beef stew has a wonderful flavor that is a delight to the taste buds.  To make this stew extra special, serve it with cheese toast; it is delicious!

Bon Appetit

Tips:

Before serving (any meal), taste the dish to see if it needs salt and pepper.  Add and adjust your meal according to how it tastes.

For those new to broiling (but really want to make the cheese toast), there is typically a broil option on your oven (most ovens with have a button that says 'broil').  My broiler option automatically heats the oven up to 500 degrees F.  You move the rack u...

October 12, 2017

These wonderful cookies are a perfect holiday treat!  They are sweet with a subtle ginger flavor.  The spices add to the flavor and compliment the ginger in the cookies.  The dark brown sugar and molasses in these little gems add depth and richness to the taste.  I found this recipe in People magazine from the kitchen of Dominique Ansel, a pastry chef in New York City.  If you are looking for a light and sweet flavored ginger cookie this autumn, I highly recommend this recipe!

Bon Appetit

Tips:

If you prefer a stronger ginger flavor, try adding 3 teaspoons of finely grated fresh ginger.

These cookies are a soft cookie...not crisp.

They freeze great!  I put the baked, completely cooked cookies in gallon size freezer bags.  They should be good up to a month.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Total time is 40 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger

  • 1 1/2 tea...

October 10, 2017

These individual bread puddings are delicious and surprisingly easy to make.  I found this wonderful recipe in the April 2014 edition of Cooking Light magazine.  Even though this recipe was first printed in the spring, I decided that it would be a great autumn dish.  These puddings have a bread stuffing feel to them, just with lots of cheese!  You can also make this dish vegetarian (see tips) if desired.  You can serve with a simple green salad to round out this meal.  These puddings can be a lovely brunch, lunch, or even supper - you really can't go wrong!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can make these vegetarian by omitting the bacon and using vegetable stock instead of the chicken stock.  You may also add sliced mushrooms if desired.

You can use low-fat or whole milk.  I used whole milk, and it turned out really great!  If you want to use low-fat, I suggest 1% to 2% low-fat milk.

Total time is 45 minutes.

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Ingredients:

  • 8 ounce...

October 5, 2017

This pie is my husband's favorite pie, and every year during October, he starts hinting about pecan pie.  I have been making this pie for at least 25 years now, and it is truly a winner.  This is a great pie to make if you are a first timer to pie-making, because it is so easy.  If you are a pecan fan or if someone you love is, you must try this recipe.  There is nothing fancy about this pie.  It's just straight up pecan pie, simplicity at its best, but that is one of the reasons it is so good!  I recommend that you grab some pecans, make a pastry shell, and create something beautiful this weekend!

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

For those who must have chocolate added to their pie - simply melt a 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips with the butter mixture.

Preparation time is 15 minutes to 25 minutes.  Bake time is 55 minutes.  Cool time is 2 hours.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 cup light corn syrup

  • 1/3 cup butter,...

October 3, 2017

This terrific recipe comes from the Sept./Oct. 2017 issue of Midwest Living magazine.  Nothing celebrates October like bratwurst, and this recipe is a perfect way to welcome autumn.  It was an added bonus that this recipe calls for quite a bit of sage, as I have sage growing in my garden.  The sage butter that is spooned over the dish makes it savory heaven.  I know I will be making this wonderful meal for years to come, and I hope you enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

Bon Appetit!

Tips:

You can substitute turkey bratwurst for the pork bratwurst.  Make sure you buy the uncooked variety.

When browning the butter, keep a careful eye on it.  Butter will burn!  You want a nice brown color, and the color of the butter changes fast.

Preparation time is 20 minutes.  Total time is 1 hour.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil

  • 1 small green cabbage (1 1/2 pounds), cut in 8 wedges through core

  • 1 1/4 pounds fingerling pot...

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